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September 6, 2006 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
The "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" had been promising computer users for weeks that they could tune in to live simulcasts of the show over the Internet. As it turned out, "live" is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, the broadcast was indeed transmitted over the Internet, but it was not live for those outside Eastern Daylight Time. Agreements with local affiliates prevented broadcast of the news program before it aired on local stations.
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BUSINESS
May 23, 2007 | From Reuters
A group backed by the record industry that collects Internet music royalties said Tuesday that it would defer new copyright payment rates for small webcasters who claim the higher payments would bankrupt them. SoundExchange, which collects and distributes royalties from webcasters and satellite radio, said the offer was for webcasters with revenues of $1.25 million or less.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2007 | From the Associated Press
TV Guide, which has helped viewers navigate through thousands of television shows for 53 years, now wants to do the same for Internet video. Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. next month will launch a test version of an online video search tool that will enable viewers to find clips and full episodes of TV shows posted on the Web. A formal launch is planned for September.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Amazon.com Inc. introduced a Web-based service that would allow customers to instantly watch movies and TV shows on their computer rather than wait for them to download. A test version of the Video on Demand streaming service, which has more than 40,000 titles, was made available Wednesday to some users. Customers of Amazon.com's Unbox video service previously had to download films to their computers or TiVo digital video recorder.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to comedian Jon Stewart, Apple Computer Inc. is betting that one download won't be enough. On Wednesday, Apple's iTunes Music Store began offering downloads of Comedy Central's popular satiric newscast, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," and its comedic spinoff, "The Colbert Report." But instead of offering the shows a la carte, as it does with other new TV programs, Apple unveiled Multi-Pass -- a way to buy a month's worth of shows for $9.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2007 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
As creator of "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues," Steven Bochco packed lots of drama into 60 minutes. Now he's trying to entertain in closer to 60 seconds. Bochco is joining the masses of wannabe online video moguls with "Cafe Confidential," an Internet series that's all about brevity and punch. The 44-clip collection, which premieres today on video site Metacafe, features people in their teens or 20s telling lighthearted, semi-confessional stories.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The WB lives on. Eighteen months after shutting down its TV network that captured the youth zeitgeist with such shows as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek," Warner Bros. Television said Monday that it was resurrecting "the WB" vibe and moniker -- on the Internet. The Burbank-based television studio, part of the Time Warner Inc. empire, has been experimenting with ways to parlay its strength in TV programming onto the Web. Although earlier efforts sputtered, Warner Bros.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2007 | From Reuters
Comcast Corp. said it would provide clips from the Golf Channel, E! and other cable TV broadcasts to an online video site planned by News Corp. and NBC Universal, joining a project aimed at competing with Google Inc.'s YouTube. Comcast also will distribute the online video site through Comcast.net and Fancast.com, which is a new entertainment site launching this summer. Other companies that have signed on as distributors include Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
"Swingtown" is a CBS television show, scheduled for midseason, about partner-swapping couples. It's also what CBS executives lightheartedly call their new Internet strategy. The idea is to let their online material be promiscuous: Instead of limiting their shows and other online video to CBS.com, the network is letting them couple with any website that people might visit. "CBS is all about open, nonexclusive, multiple partnerships," said Quincy Smith, president of CBS Interactive.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
As television networks and producers scramble to catch the wave of video-on-demand programming, local TV stations have been left stranded on the beach. But today, Warner Bros. Television Group is throwing a line to stations eager to test the waters. Warner plans to offer broadcasters the right to stream on their own websites older episodes of its popular sitcom "Two and a Half Men."
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